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Aug 30, 2013 4:00pm PDT
a damascus suburb, witnessed second hand by the whole world is a challenge for america and its president, posing a question about the nature of its power. >> it matters because if we choose to live in the world where a thug and murderer like bashar al-assad can gas thousands of his own people with impunity, even after the u.s. and our allies said no -- and in the world does nothing about it -- there will be no end to the test of our resolve, and the dangers that will flow from those others who believe that they can do as they will. >> he was fresh from a white house national security meeting, thece -- which reviewed intelligence. the u.s. intelligence assessment claims with a high degree of confidence that the syrian government carried out a chemical attack which killed 1429 people, among them 426 children. intelligence,sing it pieced together what happened in and around damascus. between sunday the 18th and wednesday the 24th of august -- 21st of august, intelligence personnel were operating in an area used to mix. early hours, there was a rocket and artillery attacks from reg
PBS
Aug 21, 2013 6:30pm PDT
. our headlines this hour -- least 100 die in an attack, but near damascus, the government denies rebel claims that they used chemical weapons. >> he revolution unravels. a court in cairo orders the release of former egyptian president hosni mubarak. >> the soldier who leaked incriminating documents to the press is sentenced to 35 years in prison. we will go live to washington. >> the un security council has started emergency consultations on the latest allegation of chemical weapon used in syria. it's not clear who launched the attack just outside damascus that coincides with a visit by human investigators looking into previous charges that such illegal weapons were used. >> syria authorities deny claims by opposition activists that they were behind the attack in which toxic gases are said to have killed at least 100 people. we have to warn you that this next report contains very distressing images. >> the assad regime has only officially agreed to allow investigators to inspect three sites for traces of chemical weapons, but there are now calls for them to also be given asset -- acces
PBS
Aug 29, 2013 11:30pm PDT
happened last week in damascus was not a slamdunk. >> let me talk about what is at stake. >> the u.s. president says he is convinced the -- intelligence points the finger squarely at damascus. unnamed officials have been questioning that assessment in media reports. >> we talk frequently about biological weapons. >> the question echoes 2003, when colin powell waved a file of simulated anthrax powder at the united nations in a bid to convince the world that iraq possessed stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction. the white house rejects that comparison. >> i do not agree these are similar situations. i think there are some very important differences. what we saw in that circumstance was an administration that was searching high and low to produce evidence to justify a military invasion. >> the white house says that unlike during the lead up to the iraq war, the evidence this time is plain to see in the internet video and testimony from doctors at this the, from patients treated. they are promising a public intelligence assessment report -- before taking action. congress was briefed w
PBS
Aug 26, 2013 7:00pm PDT
inspectors come under fire in damascus. whether their mission is too little too late as the final countdown already begun. there is talk of red lines. what about russia and iran? you can tweet us. we are going to resume this our act in the news room. you have the update on most of the stories making news. >> chemical weapons inspectors are in the damascus suburbs. western powers say their trip may be too little too late. peace talks canceled as three people are killed during west bank clashes. the state department and the usa the talks will continue. in china, the trial of bo wraps up. we start with the un's secretary-general, confident and local experts can get the evidence on the alleged despite the time. they have reportedly met wounded people. their convoy was forced to turn back at the point of sniper fire. western powers saint damascus's decision to allow the team access may be too little too late. the military response is one of the options in discussion. an attack last week killed hundreds. damascus has dismissed the accusation with russia warning the west against interven
Al Jazeera America
Aug 22, 2013 12:00pm EDT
government forces used chemical weapons on the people in the capitol damascus. the shocking pictures of the victims have brought international condemnation, the french government demanding some sort of action. [ speaking foreign language ] >> the reaction of international condemnation. >> the germans hinting at an act of barbarism. >> we are very concerned about reports that chemical weapons have allegedly been deployed. and should this be true, it would be a monstrosity. >> the united nations security council failed to reach an agreement on a response. the u.n. secretary general called for a thorough investigation but said it would be up to the syrian government to give their permission and to continue civility. >> everything that has been said is ridiculous and unscientific. there is no use of that weapon at all. >> both russia and iran say the news of the chemical attacks are accurate. the sunni national coalition has called for an international investigation. today the u.n. will investigate allegations of previous attacks per the mandate. there have been claims and counter claims
PBS
Aug 21, 2013 7:00pm PDT
allegations see reuse chemical weapons. there are conflicting reports from damascus suburbs this wednesday. the opposition says poison gas was used in more than 1300 people killed. bashar assad's government has denied the claims. julia seger has more. >> civilians are shown covering their faces and dozens of bodies lying on the floor of a hospital. the pictures were allegedly shot after the syrian regime launched an attack ad against rebel held areas in the capital city. france 24 was not able to verify the footage. it was claim chemical weapons were used in the bombings. >> it is obvious to us that chemical weapons were used and carried out using ballistic missiles. only the regime has that capability. >> contacted by france 24, the syrian observatory for human rights could not directly confirm the report. >> we have documented the 10th airstrike by the syrian air force on one of the towns were activists reported the use of poisonous gas injuring hundreds of people as a result. we have not been able to verify or get all the names but we have seen video documentation. >> syrian authorities
PBS
Aug 30, 2013 5:30pm PDT
of damascus. >> we know for three days before the attack, the syrian regime's chemical weapons personnel were on the ground in the area making preparations. >> kerry said syrian troops had orders to wear gas masks. he said u.s. leaders know chemical rockets hit only opposition strongholds and when and where they landed. >>> japanese government officials are mon syria. prime minister shinzo abe told ministers to figure out how they can help bring stability. japanese leaders have given $95 million to help syrians who fled their country and they've lent $240 million to jordan which is taking in many of these refugees. the japanese say they aim to give more financial help. officials are also thiing of helping evacuees inside syria by sending food and medical supplies through the u.n. and nongovernmental organizations. >>> u.s. president obama is struggling to convince citizens of the need for military strikes against syrian forces. a public opinion poll shows opponents of u.s. action outnumber supporters. >>> british prime minister david cameron's coalition government proposed a mo
PBS
Aug 23, 2013 5:30pm PDT
weapons at their stronghold in a suburb of damascus. they say the attack killed hundreds of people. government officials say the claims are absolutely baseless. u.n. inspectors are already in syria to look into previous incidents of alleged chemical weapons use. but the assad administration hasn't allowed them to investigate the latest case. ban ki-moon has instructed top u.n. disarmament officials to travel to damascus to press the government for full cooperation. u.s. government officials are also urging syrian authorities to grant u.n. inspectors full access. >> if the regime has nothing to do with these attacks, if there was not a use of chemical weapons here, there's no reason they wouldn't let the u.n. team that is on the ground, available, happy to investigate in, to do just that. >>> a former heavyweight in the former chinese communist party is spending another day in court defending himself against a raft of criminal charges. . bo xilai was considered a political star and now stands accused of bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power. bo was the head of the communist party
Al Jazeera America
Aug 31, 2013 5:00am EDT
people in damascus. how has the army prepared for possible attack however narrow that window might be? >> reporter: we've been hearing statements from syrian officials putting on a very brave face. they not discloseing any details on what measures they have been taking. before people who oh have just left damascus. what they are telling us is that the army are prepositioning their artillery. they moving civilian personnel in to neighborhoods. the army along with army personnel and their families have now moved in to schools. schools which used to house internally displaced people. there's reports that the army moved in to mosques. there are really a long list of targets for the west to strike in damascus. but the fear is that this is like the civilians have said is they could be in the cross fire. >> many thanks for joining us. >> they clear the life for military strike. washington says the u.n. investigation will have a response which can come at any time. president obama said any strike would be narrow an limited. we report from washington. >> reporter: well, he hasn't decided what
Al Jazeera America
Aug 26, 2013 8:00am EDT
force u.n. investigators to return to damascus. their convoy is attacked before they begin their search for chemical weapons. >> this is the number one priority for the national forest service and the park service. >> fire crews in california race to protect a national treasure, and prevent wildfires from spreading. >> he has admitted to the massacre of 13 people at ford hood and now a jury will determine if disgraced military psychiatrist nidal hasan gets the death sentence. >> i don't think a sign would stop a bully. i don't think a sign will stop a fight. >> students in chicago heading back to school this morning, just months after dozens of schools are shut down. >> united nations inspectors are back at the site of a chemical attack in a suburb of the capitol city of damascus after their convoy was attacked this morning, the u.n. said snipers shot multiple times at one of their vehicles. that's even before they began their search for chemical weapons. british prime minister david cameron is cutting short his holiday. he'll chair a u.k. government security council meeting on t
NBC
Aug 29, 2013 5:30pm PDT
house is telling congress, and tonight a report from inside damascus where they are bracing for an attack. >>> paying the price. accusations of a cover-up over concussions, and now a massive payout from the nfl to thousands of players ravaged by hits to the head. >>> sleepless in america. millions of people using prescription meds. tonight, who's desperate for a good night's sleep and why pills are not always the right answer. >>> and against the odds. beloved tv star valerie harper. how she is doing months after a devastating diagnosis. tonight, meredith vieira is with her as doctors tell her something she didn't see coming. "nightly news" begins now. >>> good evening. i'm lester holt in for brian. the u.s. tonight appears to have just lost a key ally as it tries to build consensus for a punishing military attack on syria. there's late word from london that britain's parliament has voted tonight against supporting an attack. but even as efforts towards an international consensus unravel, the white house is still pressing its case here at home for a military strike. in a conference
Al Jazeera America
Aug 30, 2013 9:00pm EDT
intends to hold damascus responsible. the president tossed in a small caveat saying he didn't make a final decision. sheila macvicar is here. is there a time line in place. >>> well, it's saturday morning, very early in damascus. we expect that the u.n. weapons inspectors have all left syria. that's important because the u.s. would not carry out any military action while they were still in the country. >> we will talk more about the declassified but first to president obama being war weary. the president said he had not yet made a decision about what action or actions he would take. but he described the chemical weapons attack in damascus as a challenge to the world, that violates american national security interests. the president also made clear he is thinking about limited, narrowly focused actions. >> we're not considering any open-ended commitment. we're not considering any boots on the ground approach. what we will do is consider options that meet the narrow concern around chemical weapons, understanding that there's not going to be a solely military solution to the underlying
PBS
Aug 25, 2013 5:00pm PDT
>> damascus allows you and inspectors access to the site of an alleged chemical attack. the u.s. says it has little doubt that the assad government carried it out, but russia is warning against jumping to conclusions. also this week, bradley manning request a presidential pardon after being sentenced to 35 years in jail for the biggest leak in american history. plus -- >> we were faced with an ultimatum of the british government to hand back the material or destroy it. >> the editor of the guardian newspaper reveals how he was pressured to destroy files he received from nsa whistleblower edward snowden. the top stories this hour. a look back at the top stories from the last seven days, and the latest on rt. damascus has given you when inspectors access to a site of an alleged chemical attack. the u.s. says it is nearly certain the assad government carried this out, a serious response alongside its ally, the uk. >> damascus has agreed to allow the u.n. access to the scene of the alleged attack, but while damascus says it will do its maximum to assure the safety of passage of the
NBC
Aug 30, 2013 7:00pm EDT
neely in damascus. >> reporter: all day here in damascus, the sounds of explosions, syria's army keeps up its assaults on rebels in the suburbs, but they are braced here for explosions of a quite different kind, waiting for a u.s. military strike as u.n. capital weapons inspectors end their mission here. u.n. weapons inspector set off to try to prove chemical weapons were used in syria. a mission governments around the world are watching. but they went today not to the site of the attacks to talk to those who had been targeted but to a syrian army hospital to interview soldiers. syria's government says the soldiers were victims of poison gases. as ever, the inspectors gave little away. >> why are you here? >> because of our investigation. >> reporter: they brought in medical equipment to take samples and took statements from at least five soldiers. the syrians refuse to allow journalists to talk to the troops. the inspectors will decide if a chemical attack happens here but not who did it. they've spent three days in the homes and streets where hundreds died and thousands were af
LINKTV
Aug 28, 2013 5:30am PDT
today they are looking in one of the sites affected by one of the attacks in damascus, this as un chief ban ki moon has called for a response from the security council. speaking in geneva a short while ago, the un special envoy to syria urged countries not to strike without u.n. approval. >> international law says that military action must be taken after a decision by the security council. that is what the international law says. i must say, i do know that president obama and the american administration are not known to be trigger happy. when they will decide, i do not . but international law is clear. the security council has to be put in. >> for more on those comments, we go to our correspondent. hello, john. ibrahimi has failed to get peace talks going. does he still hold out hope for is he saying the solution is military but it has to be with u.n. backing? >> basically, he was ambivalent. he does not know when geneva ii will take place. he made it clear that you need political will to develop among the great powers and the syrians as well. he was very concerned that the killin
PBS
Aug 27, 2013 6:30pm PDT
administration says it is convinced that damascus has used chemical weapons. the white house also says president barack obama has not yet made any decision on military action but that removing president bashar al- assad from power would not be one of its goals. >> the american military says it is prepared to strike at any time, and it is awaiting orders from the president. cyprus will be awaiting any error attacks. >> iran has warned that any military action to threaten regional stability. serious -- syria says any attack would be a violation of international law. >> bashar al-assad's government strongly denies any charge that it used chemical weapons. the foreign minister says no government in the world would attack its own people. >> i challenge those who blame our military to produce the evidence. >> the government in damascus says if the west responds with military action, it will defend itself with all means available. the u.s. defense department says it is ready to launch strikes if ordered to. for american warships are on alert in the mediterranean, and defense secretary chuck h
FOX
Aug 21, 2013 5:30pm EDT
for an investigation. damascus was quick to deny it was responsible. a shocking escalation of the use of weapons in syria. we hope people responsible will one day be held accountable. i hope they blow have unrestricted access to the area and the united nations will be racing this at the un security council. >> the army and armed forces would like to say these allegations are false and baseless and such claims within the context of the dirty media war. go ahead with confronting terrorism. >> we sought advice from an expert. >> there appears to be a lot of dead people with no outward wounds that have died of something. some of the symptoms like the debt stairs are very similar to what we saw where thousands of people were killed by nerve .gents >> chemical weapons inspectors are in serious, but they do not have government permission to visit the site and may not get it. it is unclear those responsible will ever face justice. >> what is the reaction out of the west? we will go to nick bryant. hearing?you any consensus? >> no consensus. the allegations of this atrocity, and they point
PBS
Aug 21, 2013 2:30pm PDT
and upsetting images. >> just before don something terrible has happened in a damascus suburb. all the signs of a massive chemical attack. they bring in victim after victim. they are cap for breath. some have convulsions. breath.are cast in for -- gasping for breath. in the hospital it is chaos in the rush to help survivors. tooe are other pictures shocking to show. outside more big m sunrise. arrives.s some are children. treated on the pavement. medics worked on children. baby to respond. this child, he says, what have they done to be shelled? what happened confirmed the failure of the united nations. emerged of thes apparent atrocity, britain's secretary was one of the first to call for an investigation. damascus was quick to deny it was responsible. a shocking escalation of the use of weapons in syria. we hope people responsible will one day be held accountable. i hope they blow have unrestricted access to the area and the united nations will be racing this at the un security council. >> the army and armed forces would like to say these allegations are false and baseless and such cl
PBS
Aug 29, 2013 7:00pm PDT
experts have been at work in damascus and have been called back. washington, london, and paris continued to mull their options. they have promised the country would defend itself against serious aggression. >> on the ground and in the suburbs, recent footage showed a team of weapons inspectors. the un secretary general is keeping a close eye on the events. >> it appears that diplomacy should be given a chance. peace, given the chance. these opinions should be resolved by peaceful means of dialogue. >> they urged the international community to wait before deciding on a course of action that could lead to a military strike. theyook into allegations on each side. footage of loaded on line showed many ceding to the exit signs of poisoning. they have been collecting blood, urine, and hair samples, and to the extent that chemical weapons may have been employed. >> thank you for joining us, lucy. >> the syrian response is that they have used chemical weapons against civilians. today they are saying that syria would fund itself against aggression. not completely sure what he meant bytr
CBS
Aug 29, 2013 5:30pm PDT
wednesday not once but 14 times. liz palmer is in damascus, a city bracing for an american air strike. mark phillips has the new intelligence report. america's top-secret spy budget was exposed today revealing what we never knew about the c.i.a. john miller has the story. and a cinderella named victoria. the 17-year-old who toppled a champion at the u.s. open. elaine quijano has the interview. >> reporter: you've had a tough road off the court to get to this point. how much do you think about that? captioning sponsored by cbs captioning s this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. y. >> pelley: good evening, the n.f.l. settlement in just a moment but first we have breaking news. unexpectedly this evening the british have just announced they will not join the united states in a military strike against syria. that is reversal after british prime minister david cameron's support for military action was rejected by his parliament. president obama has been planning a military strike in retaliation for what appears to have been a poison gas attack by syrian forces last week against rebels
CNN
Aug 25, 2013 2:00pm EDT
action. fred is in damascus and chris lawrence is at the pentagon. fred, let me begin with you. how will the weapons inspectors be allowed to begin inspections? >> hi. yeah, i spoke to syria's deputy foreign minister right after he came out of the mighting with the you flighted natiunited nat was spoke and he said they could go wherever they wanted to go. effective immediately. now, of course, that doesn't mean that they're actually going to be on the ground that quickly. they still have to sort out things. the united nations is saying they are going to send the weapons inspectors out on their first mission to these areas starting tomorrow. and i want to listen in to some of the other things that the deputy foreign minister said to me earlier. >> what sort of agreement have you reached with them? >> we worked for two days. i have adopted the possibility of reaching an agreement. >> so they have complete access and they can go anywhere they want any time they want? >> yes. >> is that the case in all of these areas? >> yes. >> okay. and that can start immediately? >> yes. >> and, fred
Al Jazeera America
Aug 29, 2013 5:00am EDT
, that is assuming that people in damascus are thinking and reasoning the same way as western military strategists are, and that is a very big assumption to make. >> thank you, jackie. the syrian government its own soldiers were the victims of chemical weapons. syrian's ambassador to the u.n. is calling for the npors in da mats cuss to look into the new claims. dominick cain reports. >> reporter: syrian tv broadcasts what it says are chemical agents that government forces apparently seized in recent raids in a suburb of damascus. the program claims this hold was found close to the center of the syrian capital on saturday. it says, some of the soldiers were suffocating when they entered the town. it's prompted the syrian government to call for the u.n. chemical weapons inspection team currently in damascus immediately to examine these apparent incidents. >> members of the syrian army inhaled poisonous gas as a result of the use by the terrorist-armed groups of chemical agents. >> reporter: this is not the first time president bashar al assad's government and its allies allege fighters h
LINKTV
Aug 8, 2013 5:30am PDT
bashar al-assad's motorcade as he was inhis way to a mosque damascus. syrian state tv was quick to broadcast images of the -- of was shot -- of assad at the mosque. they did say mortar shells did hit an area of damascus near to where bashar al-assad was attending prayers. for more on the situation, let's bring in our serious specialist. how -- a syria specialist. how unusual is it for the government to come out and comment on these reports that the rebels fired on the president? >> it is unusual. alas -- last week, a new front was opened. plus, the progress of the opposition in aleppo and around damascus itself pushed probably the television to deny this wast and to show that assad praying normally in a mosque. it was serene. that they show the picture was, by itself, an important fact. >> what if the report is confirmed that this was a direct attack on assad? it would be the first time that had happened. how damaging would that be for the regime? >> we know there have been some explosions in an area that probably the free syrian army suspected that assad might be in . if this is c
FOX
Aug 22, 2013 5:30pm EDT
were gassed in the suburbs of damascus. france says that the world should respond in force if this is verified. a team of inspectors has -- have so far been kept away. what have we learned so far about this attack and whether chemical weapons were used? we have been looking back at these videos. some viewers may find this report distressing. >> there has been more time to digest the video footage of these chemical attacks in syria. and look more closely at what this can tell us. we have a slightly clearer picture beginning to emerge, to help us understand what may have happened in the small hours of wednesday morning in the suburbs of damascus. the first thing we are clear about is the likely timeline. this video tells us that these vehicles rushing from bombarded areas, -- it was pitch black and the middle of the night. it was still dark when these victims were laid out on the pavement, perhaps led by vehicle headlights so they could be washed down. chemicalried to remove traces and relieve their symptoms. even more precise timing comes from facebook. the three main syrian pages -- t
Al Jazeera America
Aug 21, 2013 1:00pm EDT
capital of damascus. the opposition said that the government used chemical weapons. bradley manning sentenced to 35 years behind bars for leaking thousands of documents from wikileaks. and former army major,s responsible for the shooting at fort hood, has rested his case without calling any witnesses. >> syria is facing growing international condemnation after opposition groups say the government carried out a chemical attack. opposition groups claim hundreds of people died in the attack in a suburb of damascus. the government denies the charges. the attack happened as inspector investigate reports of previous chemical weapon attacks. we have more from beirut. >> opposite vision activist as well as the main political opposition in exile demand the united nations investigate the claims that chemical weapons were used in the suburbs of damascus. there is an u.n. team in syria at the moment. they were investigating three alleged chemical weapons attacks. but those attacks happened a few months ago. according' to the head that have mission, in order for them to investigate a new inciden
Al Jazeera America
Aug 31, 2013 11:00am EDT
his head angela cain. she was there with those weapons inspectors in damascus. she'll be briefing the secretary-general. the weapons inspectors having left syria are going to europe with their laboratory samples that could take some weeks while they analyze the samples. diplomats here say it's pretty clear the u.s. is not going to wait for that analysis, that the u.s. administration has already made its mind up what that chemical analysis is going to say. they've not only decided that there was a chemical attack, they decided the chemical attack was carried out by the assad regime. it's also clear, i think, to diplomats here that there's no way the u.s. will wait for the united nations security council. they're never going to get russian acceptance for military action. that's quite clear by the latest comments of president putin. i think there is one event coming up on the diplomatic calendar that will affect the time line for any military strike, and that's the fact that world leaders are supposed to gather thursday next week in st. petersburg in russia for the meeting of world leade
Al Jazeera America
Aug 25, 2013 5:00am EDT
the ououtskirts of damascus that killed hundreds. barack obama met his national security visors to look at a range of options. the defense secretary says that the military is ready to act on barack obama's orders. during a phone call with british prime minister david cameron both leaders agreed that the significant use of chemical weapons would merit a "serious response." john kerry called his i don'ter parts in saudi arabia, jordon and turkey rallying support to put pressure on the syrian government. state department officials confirmed john kerry had called syria's foreign minister the day after the suspected attack asking for u.n. inspectors to have access to the site. for more on all of this, here is jane from washington. >> national security officials met president barack obama at the white house to discuss what to do about this. the sounds of grief. the pictures of tragedy. bodies of children and some adults, victims of what appears to be a chemical weapons attack on the outskirts of damascus. doctors without borders says three hospitals in the area reported receiving 3600 pa
ABC
Aug 28, 2013 5:30pm PDT
: thousands of syrians fleeing damascus as president obama leaves no doubt tonight in an interview with pbs that syria's president assad has crossed a red line. >> when countries break international norms on weapons like chemical weapons that could threaten us, they will be held accountable. >> reporter: the president said he has not yet made a decision to strike, but if one is launched, it would be aimed at preventing another chemical attack, not in taking sides in syria's bloody civil war. there are dozens of potential targets, but likely among them facilities storing vehicles which could launch chemical weapons like this storage depot near damascus. >> the president wants to prevent assad from using chemical weapons on his people but he can't hit the chemical weapons storage sites directly. >> reporter: if the u.s. wants to take aim on the military, it could strike the vital mezze airfield or american missiles could lock on a symbolic target like the minute industries of defense in damascus. as syria waits, so does israel. today in jerusalem, families stocked up on gas masks, fe
PBS
Aug 30, 2013 6:00am PDT
damascus. u.s. president barack obama and his allies are considering military action, but they're facing strong opposition. british prime minister david cameron's coalition government proposed a motion that would have authorized british forces to join a strike, but a majority of lawmakers, including members of his own party, rejected the motion. >> the is to the right, 272. the nos to the left 285. so the nos have it. >> it is clear to me that the british parliament reflecting the views of the british people does not want to see british military action. i get that and the government will act accordingly. >> french president francois hollande says the british parliamentary vote will not affect his country's will to punish the syrian government. he told newspaper it's up to each sovereign country to decide whether or not to participate in a military operation. but some u.s. allies in the war on terror are cautious. officials in poland, italy and canada say their militaries will not take part in any action without the endorsement of a u.n. security council resolution. president obama is als
LINKTV
Aug 22, 2013 5:30am PDT
bombard damascus suburbs. areas they claim chemical weapons have been used. and the former egyptian leader whose the mubarak -- hosni mubarak could leave prison today but faces further legal trouble. hello, you are watching "france 24" live from paris. i am karen roberts. trial and has appeared for the first time in 17 months in public. he is accused of receiving 2.7 million euros in bribes from businessmen -- from businessmen during his time as party secretary. in northeastern china and abuse of power while he was the party chief in 2012. the current chinese leadership hopes that the scandal, which punished the chinese communist party into crisis last year will soon be over now, but this trial -- now that this trial is underway. police presence outside court as the star defendants arrive in a case that has gripped the chinese public and observers worldwide. charismatice politician. defending himself against bribery, and puzzlement, and abuse of power, and is expected to be found guilty. denied one of the charges that he accepted bribes from businessmen when he was based in delhi an
CNN
Aug 26, 2013 11:00pm PDT
access to damascus and cnn is the only western television network in damascus right now. hi, fred. tell us, quhas the reaction from the ground there? >> reporter: hi, jessica. you know, the syrian government hi, fred. tell us, quhas the reaction from the ground there? >> reporter: hi, jessica. you know, the syrian government hasn't put out statements after kerry's speech but they're reacting and you can certainly see they're at least hearing the message. when's going on is the foreign minister of the country called for a press conference for tomorrow 1:00 p.m. local time and you can see the government reacting. president bashar al assad said in a russian newspaper it was ludicrous to assume that the forces would have used chemical lines on the front lines saying they would have gassed themselves. the u.s. isn't buying that. on the other hand, though, the syrian government is trying to show a show of force. what we have seen as the u.n. weapons inspectors were on the ground today in syria today and especially after getting back to the hotel in damascus is massive shelling of the ou
CSPAN
Aug 25, 2013 1:45pm EDT
visit the site of an alleged emma: attack a suite near damascus. the date and times still need to be worked out. opposition groups and doctors without borders say more than 300 people were killed. u.s. lawmakers talked about those attacks on the sunday news shows. on fox news sunday, corker and eliot talk more about the issue. i think we will respond in a surgical way and i hope the president, as soon as we get back to washington, will ask for authorization from congress to do something in a very surgical and proportional way, something that gets their attention and causes them to understand we are not going to put up with this kind of activity. at the same time, i hope it's the kind of action that does not move us away from the policy we have right now where we want to see the syrian opposition group taking the lead on the ground. i hope we will lose our training up. i know we are doing it covertly now. i think we need to move to more industrial strength training on the ground. we need to tilt the balance a little more as it relates to the opposition groups on the ground. i don't
CNN
Aug 27, 2013 2:00am PDT
week's deadly chemical attack on the suburbs of damascus. the obama administration is making it clear they believe chemical weapons were used and blames the assad regime as u.n. inspectors continue to look into the attack and who may be behind it. fred is the only reporter in damascus. he joins us live this morning. what are inspectors planning to do today and what is the government saying? >> reporter: hi, michaela. the weapons inspectors are planning to go out again. our understanding is they plan to visit the eastern suburbs of damascus. that's what we are hearing on the ground. it's a place that apparently had the highest death toll in the alleged attack that happened last wednesday. yesterday, of course, the weapons inspectors went out to western suburbs of damascus and their vehicles got shot at. they managed to get on the ground. they gathered valuable information, soil samples and other samples. they were able to speak to doctors as well as victims of the alleged attack last wednesday. the inspectors, so far, have not gone out today. what's happened is earller today, the head
Al Jazeera America
Aug 27, 2013 2:00pm EDT
augus august 21st outside of damascus. there is also very little doubt and should be no doubt for anyone who approaches this logically. that the syrian regime responsible for the use of chemical weapons on august 21st, out of damascus. >> we're in washington, d.c. patty, hearing from jay carney very little doubt that assad is responsible for the chemical weapon attack, any indication when we're going to see this evidence that they keep talking about? >> well, they are saying they're going to present some evidence. they need to try to convince the american public. polls show the majority of the americans asked do not want the u.s. to intervene even if chemical weapons were used. the administration is arguing that it's dangerous not to do something, and it's morally important and also in the u.s. national security interest. what they decide to do could be limited in scope. >> the options that we are considering are not about regime change. they're about respond to go clear violation of an international standard that prohibits the use of chemical weapons it is a clear conviction that
PBS
Aug 27, 2013 7:00pm PDT
in the coming days in response to the attack in the damascus suburbs. paris was increasing military support to those fighting president assad's army. >> the world is horrified following the confirmation of chemical weapons being used in syria. everything leads us to believe it was the regime that carried out this to spit able -- this despicable act. it must not go unanswered. france is ready to punish those who made the decision to gas these innocents. >> he joins me now. thank's for talking to. perhaps no greater price -- no surprise to what francois hollande had to say. >> yes, some strong words from the french president. he said everything led to france believe the attack in damascus ws carried out by this year in government. he called this an abject actin said the chemical attack must not go unpunished. aside from the strong words, little in the way of concrete action being announced here it all eyes had to be on what steps would be taken next. he knows the french defense counsel would be meeting tomorrow in paris. that is the head of the armed forces and the defense minister he
CNN
Aug 28, 2013 9:00am PDT
attack in entire neighborhoods near damascus. >> it is likely not an if, but a when that the u.s. will launch an attack. so we are devoting the entire hour to this crisis. it's something cnn does better than any other network in the world. we are the only network broadcasting live from inside syria. our fred pleighton is on the ground. also a closer look at the military options and possible targets in syria. >> also the dissension in congress on whether to strike syria or not. some members made it clear they want more answers from the president. we're going to take a look at how the stock market is also reacting. will you feel the impact of a potential strike? first want to get you up to speed with the latest developments. a u.n. weapons team back out today collecting evidence at one of the sites where civilians are believed to have been gassed to death. but u.s. officials are not placing much stock in the u.n. mission. >> a state department official says too much time has now passed for the investigation to be credible. right now, western powers are building a military coalition
CBS
Aug 30, 2013 5:30pm PDT
strike against syria. david martin has the new intelligence, elizabeth palmer is in damascus as it prepares for an attack. major garrett and nancy cordes have the war debate from the white house to capitol hill. the makers of tylenol attach a new warning so important that it's going right on the bottle cap. elaine quijano has the story. and steve hartman "on the road" finds jonathan stoklosa, a man who has simply overpowered his disability. >> you walk away going "wow, did i just see what i really saw?" captioning spons captioning sponsored by cbs vening news" this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> >> pelley: good evening. the commander in chief says he's weary of war but he's preparing for it and preparing the american people for it. today, to justify a possible military strike against syria, president obama released an intelligence assessment that says the u.s. has "high confidence" that the syrian dictatorship attacked civilians last week with nerve gas, killing 1,429 people including 426 children. those numbers, according to the administration today. what is the e
PBS
Aug 29, 2013 5:00pm PDT
military intervention after the chemical attack last week in damascus. despite denials from the syrian regime, the white house has said it is undeniable president bashar al-assad is behind the attacks, setting the stage for an international brawl. president hassan rouhani of iran said he will press forward with attempts to ward off military action by western nations against president bashar al- assad. he was quoted as saying that military action will bring great cost for the region. it is necessary to apply all effort to prevent it. according to state tv, he said both iran and russia would work in cooperation to prevent any military action against syria. meanwhile, the united states and its allies continue to pair for a potential strike. president obama told pbs yesterday he did not want a prolonged military intervention. >> if we are saying in a clear and decisive but very limited way, we send a shot across the bow saying, stop doing this, that can have a positive impact on a national security over the long term and may have a positive impact in the sense that chemical weapons are not
CNN
Aug 26, 2013 2:00pm PDT
, crisis in syria, that's just ahead. we'll go live to damascus. our fred pleitgen is one of the only journalists, western journalists, inside the country right now. we'll also speak with democratic senator jack reed of rhode island, a key member of the senate armed services committee, a our special report coming up at the top of the hour. when we come back, a national treasure now threatened by a wildfire of historic proportions just ahead. one official vows to do whatever it takes to protect yosemite national park. plus donald trump's real estate school now under attack. >> at trump university, we teach success. that's what it's all about, success. >> you're going to find out why new york's top prosecutor is now charging it's all a scam. stay with us. you're in "the situation room." nascar is about excitement. but tracking all the action and hearing everything from our marketing partners, the media and millions of fans on social media can be a challenge. that's why we partnered with hp to build the new nascar fan and media engagement center. hp's technology helps us turn millions of
PBS
Aug 21, 2013 5:30pm PDT
forces of using poison gas today in a deadly attack near the capital, damascus. good evening, i'm gwen ifill. >> suarez: and i'm ray suarez. on the "newshour" tonight, the alleged attack comes as u.n. investigators look into previous reports of chemical-weapons. we explore how the use of poison gas could be confirmed. >> ifill: then, army private bradley manning gets thirty-five years in prison for releasing classified information to wikileaks. we wrap up today's developments in his court martial. >> suarez: a new report says the national security agency can access a large swath of all u.s. internet traffic, including the content of emails. margaret warner digs into the details. >> ifill: and we continue our look back at the march on washington 50 years on. tonight, reflections from one of its organizers, congresswoman eleanor holmes norton. >> it was startling to see so many people come. and i remember standing at the lincoln memorial, looking out. look, looking out was what was the sight for me, because i could not see the last person. >> ifill: that's all ahead on tonight's "newshou
CNN
Aug 31, 2013 10:00am PDT
been in the capital city of damascus. we expect in a few minutes to hear from the commander in chief, the president of the united states. i assume they're bracing for some sort of u.s. military strike, whether it happens in a few hours or days. >> yes, they really are. it's definitely tense here. i wouldn't say there's a sense of panic, but clear apprehensi n apprehension. the u.n. weapons inspectors left, they're now in the netherlands. america has released its intelligence dossier. i think people here can also read the signs, the signal, that could mean, all of that means an attack is imminent. people have been stockpiling food. i was add a bread shop this afternoon. government owned bakeries are going to be open 24 hours a day. people are really worried about the risks involved to them. there could be no matter how technologically advanced america is, there might be a missile that would hit a chemical weapons depo and spread poisoned gas across the city. so, people definitely worried and braced. >> is there any clear indication, assuming this is a significant military strike and u
CNN
Aug 26, 2013 4:00pm PDT
, inside access to damascus and cnn is the only western television network in damascus now. fred, tell us what's the reaction from the ground there? >> reporter: hi, jessica. the syrian government hadn't put out statements after kerry's speech but they are reacting and you can certainly see they're at least hearing the message. what's going on is the foreign minister of the country has called for awe press conference for tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. local time and generally you can see the syrian government reacting. president al assad came out with an interview in a russian up in saying it was ludicrous to assume his forces would use chemical weapons on the front line saying they would have gassed themselves if they would have done that. clearly, the u.s. isn't buying that. on the other hand, though, the syrian government is still trying to show a show of force. what we've seen as the u.n. weapons inspectors were on the ground in sear ja and especially after they got back to their hotel in damascus was massive shelling of the outskirts of damascus which is where the chemical weapons attacks are
FOX News
Aug 30, 2013 4:00pm PDT
alleged chemical weapons attack in damascus last week. it's something the secretary of state john kerry says matters to all of us he called it a crime against conscience it's are will its findings are clear as compelling. don't take my word for it all of you, read for yourselves the evidence from thousands of sources. >> harris: that report claims syrian chemical weapons workers were on the ground three days before the attack preparing for it. and on the day of the mass killing, regime members prepared by putting on their own gas masks. the u.s. also claims to have intercepted communications from a senior syrian official who confirmed the regime used chemical weapons expressed the u.n. might point out. 100 videos purport to show 100 bodies nerve exposure to nerve agents. you have seen videos on this news program and elsewhere. obviously difficult to watch. they show people with no physical visible injuries survivors foaming at the mouth. denied all the allegations that we just mentioned accuse the u.s. of using them to justify a military strike u.n. reports weapons inspectors have finis
CNN
Aug 28, 2013 2:00pm PDT
-- just ahead we're going live to damascus, where cnn has one of the only western journalists recording live from inside the country. >>> 50 years since the historic "i have a dream" speech. two former presidents come together to tail tribute to the leg angels. >>> the germ chancellor and the british prime minister speaking by phone just a little while ago about the crisis in syria. they also agree that international reaction is inevitable. some u.s. lawmakers are calling for more details as the white house weighs all of its options. fred polite again is in the syrian capital with exclusive video, showing the aftermath of the attack. what are you sealing and hearing in the syrian capital? >> reporter: the individual with we've gotten is from the district that was hardest hit. up to 400 people were killed form it's also the district the inspectors visited to try -- we had a crew there before and have a look at some of the gruesome things that they saw. possible evidence in those places before the u.n. chemical weapons were not able to go out to an area, they were citing securit
CNN
Aug 26, 2013 2:00am PDT
inspectors have access to where the attacks were outside of damascus. the assad regime calling the claims baseless. according to one u.s. officials there's almost no doubt they did. fred is live in damascus for us. what is the latest there? >> reporter: yeah, i saw the u.n. weapons inspectors leave from the hotel they are staying at today and make their way to the southeastern outskirts of damascus where the chemical weapons were allegedly used. one of the thing that is happened as they were about to leave the hotel, there was a mortar that hit the area where the hotel is. it was a loud bang we heard. we are not sure how much damage it was. it brings that mission off to a difficult start to begin with. as you said, the united states believes a lot of the evidence that might have been there from the chemical weapons attack might have been tampered with. they have been shelling the area in a heavy way. i was there last night, you can see the artillery shells falling on damascus and they could contaminate soil samples. the u.n. in its investigation is not going to lay blame and say th
Al Jazeera America
Aug 28, 2013 6:00pm EDT
resolution, the u.n. is asking that a team on the ground in damascus be allowed to finish its investigation into an alleged chemical weapons attack. there is concern that russia will object to intervention but the state department says that vote or no vote it will not allow russia to stop action on syria. >> we see no avenue forward. given continued russian option to any meaningful council action on syria. therefore the united states will continue its utle consultations. attempts to act on syria have been blocked and we cannot allow diplomatic response to be blocked. >> the goal of any imr action in syria would be to block the chemical weapons use throughout the country. israel planes conducted a separate strike earlier this year. the syria military's command and control centers seem to be on or close to damascus, the heavily guarded presidential palace and the residence of the president assad. syria has six major air fields including the international airport in damascus. to discuss all these things is john terry, a reaction from the speaker of the house john boehner. >> john boehner the s
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